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From Covid to crime: how media hype distorts risk, or the creek water will get you every time

We all rely on the news to give us information about the world. That information lets us make decisions: whether it’s safe to fly to Spain, whether red wine causes cancer, whether we’re likely to lose our job for tweeting something. We use the media to help us understand the risks that surround us. The…

via From Covid to crime: how media hype distorts risk — UnHerd

This reminds me of something my Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer professor told his undergraduate classes.  He was a native of Lenoir City, TN, and had a dry sense of humour that frequently went right past his mostly Texan students.  He told the story of the guy in the hills who first drank whiskey with creek water and got drunk, then drank bourbon with creek water and got drunk, then drank moonshine with creek water and got drunk.  The guy’s conclusion: the creek water got him drunk.

That creek water will get you every time…

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